Job Sprawl in Metro New Orleans: Based on 2008 Local Employment Dynamics Data from the U.S. Census

Report by Allison Plyer, Richard Campanella
July 13, 2010

The Data Center   (New Orleans)

This brief looks at 2008 data on the location and density of jobs and workers by income level and industry. While residences are fairly evenly dispersed across the cityscape, most jobs occur in three major clusters, as well as roughly a half–dozen secondary clusters and 40 additional smaller ones. The differing geographies of where people live and where they work shed light on the problems of road congestion, commuting time and expense, and reduced worker productivity and reliability. The maps and data in this brief may be used to inform policy on workforce housing, public transportation, land use, zoning, and economic development.